By Lynton Scranton – Wheatland, Missouri (October 9, 2016) – Bobby Pierce, in a thrilling 17th-to-first drive, captured the 3rd annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals finale Saturday night at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Pierce passed Jesse Stovall – who clinched his first MLRA championship – on lap 49 of the 50-lap feature and denied Stovall of a weekend Fall Nationals sweep. A night earlier, Stovall beat Pierce to the finish line.
Bobby Pierce after his 23rd victory of the season. (Lloyd Collins photo)
“Congrats to Jesse on winning last night and second tonight. I’m just glad we were one spot better tonight,” the 19-year-old Pierce said after his 23rd feature victory of the season – including the World 100 and North-South 100.
“It’s been a crazy year so far. We have a couple of races left and hopefully we can get some more wins,” added Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill. He earned $5,000 for his first main event win at Lucas Oil Speedway.
In the co-headliner, Timothy Brown of Stoutland captured the $5,000 prize in the 50-lap Big Buck 50 Street Stock Special Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt. He also earned a free entry into the Whitetail Hunt later this fall, which has a $15,000 first prize.
A total of 155 cars checked into the pits – 92 Street Stocks and 63 Late Models – as the oval-track racing season at Lucas Oil Speedway came to a close.
Pierce brought the big crowd to its feet when he passed Stovall coming out of turn two on the next-to-final circuit in the season’s final MLRA race. Stovall slipped high, into the cushion, and lost momentum as he encountered slower traffic.
“We were riding pretty good and those lapped cars … at the end of the day it was a good race,” Stovall said. “Bobby is one of the best in the business. He’s a good little driver. He has that golden horseshoe right now.
“Just two laps short. You hate to lose them like that. But I’ve won some like that. That’s part of the game.”
Stovall’s disappointment at finishing second was softened by his MLRA championship. He entered the night with an all-but-insurmountable 74-point lead over reigning champ Terry Phillips after capturing Friday’s Fall Nationals feature win.
“That was the ultimate goal,” said Stovall, who finished just behind Phillips for the series crown a year ago.
Manville bolted from his pole starting position and opened a big lead in the early going, a straightaway margin in front of Brantlee Gotschall and Stovall.
But Stovall began to gradually reel in the leader and, with Manville caught up by slower traffic, drove into the lead with an outside pass going into turn three on lap 21.
Meanwhile, Chris Simpson drove from his 15th starting spot to crack the top five when the race’s third caution flew on lap 22. A five-car accident in turn one brought out the fifth caution on lap 31, wiping away a 10 car-length lead that Stovall had built over Manville with Simpson in third.
Pierce moved into the top five and set his sights on the leaders. But Stovall still appeared to be in command until the final five laps when lapped cars dented his momentum and allowed Pierce to close in.
Simpson, of Oxford, Iowa, wound up third with Manville fourth and Garret Alberton in fifth. Twelve of the 26 starters finished on the lead lap with Dirt Hall of Famer Billy Moyer first out of the race with lap one mechanical issues.
Timothy Brown led the final six laps to capture the Big Buck 50. (Chris Bork photo)
The Comp Camps Super Dirt Series, which was co-sanctioning the Late Model portion, crowned Jack Sullivan as its champion. Sullivan finished sixth with series runner-up Hunter Rasdon in 13th – three points behind Sullivan.
Brown prevails in Big Buck 50: Derek Brown’s misfortune was Timothy Brown’s path to victory in the Big Buck 50.
Derek Brown had an apparent flat tire with six laps remaining, ending his bid for a 10th win of the season at Lucas Oil Speedway. Timothy Brown said he hated to see his son eliminated in heartbreaking fashion.
“We both wanted that (Whitetail) hunt,” Timothy Brown said.
Burl Woods of Republic finished second, Robbie Arnold was third and Brian Schutt finished fourth. Schutt, who started 20th, won the Ray’s Lake Service Hard Charger Award which was worth $500.
Woods started up front after winning the pole dash and led the first seven laps of the feature. Derek Brown went in front on lap eight with Timothy Brown grabbing the lead two laps later.
Those three dueled at the front and were pulling away from the rest of the field until a lap 25 caution bunched things up. Derek Brown took command through a lap 44 caution with Timothy Brown in second and Arnold moving into third.
The race took a major turn on the restart when Derek Brown spun in turn two and went to the pits as the race’s sixth caution waved for an accident in turn four.
“I’d get my tires hot and I’d have to let them cool a little bit,” Timothy Brown said. “Then I could make a run on him. But I hated to see him go out that way, though.”
Woods said it was no surprised to see the Browns up front.
“I’ve been looking at the back of those cars most of the year up here. They’re good guys,” Woods said. “The competition we run against is second to none.”
Defending champion Jeremy Russell of Jonesboro, Ark., was caught up in an accident on lap five and rallied to finish seventh
Up next: The final remaining event of the 2016 season at Lucas Oil Speedway is set for Oct. 22 with the Lucas Oil Monster Truck Nationals “Spooktacular.” Gates open at 5 p.m. with a pit party from 5-6:30 and showtime at 7. For ticket info, log onto LucasOilSpeedway.com.
LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Lucas Oil MLRA 3rd annual Fall Nationals
LucasOilRacing.TV A Feature (50 laps): 1. Bobby Pierce 2. Jesse Stovall 3. Chris Simpson 4. Tim Manville 5. Garrett Alberson 6. Jack Sullivan 7. Will Vaught 8. JC Wyman 9. Brian Shirley 10. Randy Timms 11. Tony Jackson Jr 12. Dave Eckrich 13. Hunter Rasdon 14. Brantlee Gotschall 15. Payton Looney 16. Kyle Beard 17. Jason Papich 18. Mason Oberkramer 19. Brent Larson 20. RC Whitwell 21. Terry Phillips 22. Chris Brown 23. Tad Pospisil 24. Mark Burgtorf 25. Matt Furman 26. Billy Moyer.
Bilstein Shocks first heat – 1, Brent Larson. 2, Jason Papich. 3, Mason Oberkramer. 4, Dave Eckrich. 5, Hunter Rasdon. 6, Logan Martin. 7, Brandon Wilson. 8, Rob Hall. 9, Phil Edmondson.
Casey’s General Store second heat – 1, Jesse Stovall. 2, Garrett Albertson. 3, Mark Burgtorf. 4, Bobby Pierce. 5, Jacob Magee. 6, Johnny Fennewald. 7, Al Humphrey. 8, Jake Morris. 9, Gavin Landers.
Chix Gear third heat – 1, Matt Furman. 2, Chris Simpson. 3, Tony Jackson Jr. 4, Joseph Gorby. 5, David Turner. 6, Chad Richwine. 7, Robby Moore. 8, Carl Murphy. 9, Jon Mitchell.
Malvern Bank fourth heat – 1, JC Wyman. 2, RC Whitwell. 3, Wendell Wallace. 4, Austin Siebert. 5, Jeff Floyd. 6, Rodney Sanders. 7, Brad Looney. 8, John Driskell. 9, Scott Phillips.
Sunoco Race Fuels fifth heat – 1, Tim Manville. 2, Randy Timms. 3, Dustin Walker. 4, Charlie McKenna. 5, Kyle Beard. 6, Austin Theiss. 7, Larry Jones. 8, Jeff Roth. 9, Reid Millard.
Bilstein Shocks sixth heat – 1, Jack Sullivan. 2, Chris Brown. 3, Billy Moyer. 4, Terry Phillips. 5, Jon Binning. 6, Jonathan Rowan. 7, Scott Crigler. 8, Jake O’Neil. 9, Josh Poe.
Seventh heat – 1, Brantlee Gotschall. 2, Payton Looney. 3, Will Vaught. 4, Brian Shirley. 5, Tyler Erb. 6, Tad Pospisil. 7, Bryon Allison. 8, Tommy Cordray. 9, Chris Cox.
B-Main 1 – Chris Brown. 2, Brian Shirley. 3, Dave Eckrich. 4, Austin Siebert. 5, Jacob Magee. 6, Jeff Floyd. 7, Jonathan Rowan. 8, Austin Theiss. 9, John Driskell. 10, Chad Richwine. 11, Josh Poe. 12, Larry Jones. 13, Jake Morris. 14, Tommy Cordray.
B-Main 2 – 1, Bobby Pierce. 2, Payton Looney. 3, Rodney Sanders. 4, Wendell Wallace. 5, Tad Pospisil. 6, Kyle Beard. 7, Scott Crigler. 8, Joseph Gorby. 9, Johnny Fennewald. 10, Jeff Roth. 11, Robby Moore. 12, Scott Phillips. 13, David Turner. 14, Chris Cox. 15, Phil Edmondson.
B-Main 3 – 1, Tony Jackson Jr. 2, Mason Oberkramer. 3, Hunter Rasdon. 4, Jake O’Neil. 5, Tyler Erb. 6, Charlie McKenna. 7, Bryon Allison. 8, Logan Martin. 9, Dustin Walker. 10, Reid Millard. 11, Carl Murphy. 12, Jon Binning. 13, Brandon Wilson.
Big Buck 50 Presented by Whitetail Trophy Hunt
A-Feature: 1. Timothy Brown (Stoutland, MO), 2. Burl Woods (Republic, MO), 3. Robby Arnold (Marmaduke, Ar), 4. Brian Schutt (Lebanon, MO), 5. Tony Anglin (Walnut Ridge, AR), 6. Peyton Taylor (Batesville, Ar), 7. Jeremy Russell (Jonesboro, AR), 8. Cole Farmer (Glenwood, Ar), 9. Kenny Carroll (Camdenton, MO), 10. Dale Eaton (St Joseph, MO), 11. Aaron Carr (Judsonia, Ar), 12. Kyle Slader (Muskogee, Ok), 13. James Flood (Crane, Mo), 14. Darrin Crisler (Clever, MO), 15. Dale Nelson (Milan, Tn), 16. Whitney Nunalls (Black Rock, Ar), 17. Clayton Campbell (Otterville, MO), 18. Steve Beach (Eldon, MO), 19. Bobby Bryant (West Plains, Mo), 20. Derek Brown (Stoutland, MO), 21. Richie Tosh (Salado, AR), 22. Darren Turner (Hartsburg, Mo), 23. Johnny Coats (Joplin, MO), 24. Shawn Whitman (Fair Grove, MO), 25. Brian Webster (Oak Grove, MO), 26. Brandon Henry (Ozark, Ar).
B-Feature 1: 1. Dale Nelson (Milan, Tn), 2. Kyle Slader (Muskogee, Ok), 3. Bobby Barnett (Republic, MO), 4. Jeffery Metcalf (Siloam, Ar), 5. Derek Henson (Russellville, MO), 6. Jay Lammons (Savonbur, Ks), 7. Hayden Chavers (Jonesboro, Ar), 8. Brandon Dunham (California, MO), 9. Steve Dieckmann (Centralia, Mo), 10. Bobby Ruff (Belton, Mo), 11. Cody Vail (Louisburg, KS), 12. Steve Scott (Pittsburg, Mo), 13. MIchael Muskrat (Stilwell, OK), 14. Edwin Wells (Morrilton, AR), 15. Mark Mullins (Ada, OK), 16. Terry Muskrat (Stilwell, OK), 17. Jedediah Rogers (Lebanon, MO), 18. Joshua Cowden (Elkland, Mo), 19. Sundance Keepper (South Greenfield, MO).
B-Feature 2: 1. Shawn Whitman (Fair Grove, MO), 2. Dale Eaton (St Joseph, MO), 3. Chip Shaddox (Wheatland, MO), 4. Marc Carter (Warrensburg, MO), 5. Jay Rierson (Booneville, Ar), 6. Scott Johnson (Nevada , MO), 7. Johnny Coats (Joplin, MO), 8. Josh Franklin (Macks Creek, MO), 9. Heath Philpot (Greenwood, Ar), 10. Shane Bias (Everton, MO), 11. Josh Halbrook (Springfield, Mo), 12. Jimmy Myers (Laddonia, MO), 13. Chad Rockefeller (Monee, Il.), 14. David Hendrix (Buckhorn, MO), 15. Brian Eckhoff (Higginsville, MO), 16. Charles Brown (Hume, MO), 17. Dayne Davis (Walnut Ridge, Ar), 18. Harlan Dowell (Tipton, Mo), 19. Kendall Prince (Corning, Ar),
B-Feature 3: 1. Darren Turner (Hartsburg, Mo), 2. Clayton Campbell (Otterville, MO), 3. Ray Phipps (Pocola, Ok), 4. Larry Ferris (Kansas City, KS), 5. Bobby Brown (Hume, MO), 6. Tim Petty (Niangua, MO), 7. Heath Teel (Walnut Ridge, Ar), 8. Kreg Dobson (Hulbert, OK), 9. Dennis Schoenfeld (Van Buren, AR), 10. Justin Jarrett (Maynard, Ar), 11. Chris Kircher (Kansas City, KS), 12. Brandon Hays (California, Mo), 13. Andrew Roark (Henley, Mo), 14. James Ngo (Independence , Mo), 15. Andrew Altenburg (Truman, Mn), 16. Nicholas Gibson (Garden City, MO), 17. Brett Wood (Warrensburg, Mo), 18. Scott Chism (Bolivar, MO), 19. Robert Maggard (Springfield, MO).
B-Feature 4: 1. Brian Schutt (Lebanon, MO), 2. James Flood (Crane, Mo), 3. Ted Welschmeyer (Tebbetts, MO), 4. Mitchell Mourot (Morrilton, AR), 5. Jim Philpot (Greenwood, Ar), 6. Robert Southerland (Sallisaw, Ok), 7. Toby Ott (Wheatland, MO), 8. Devin Irvin (Cleveland, MO), 9. Terry Blackwell (Mexico, Mo), 10. Craig Danuser (Montreal, MO), 11. Carmon Vincent (Moody, Mo), 12. Cole Henson (Russellville, Mo), 13. Patrick Kay (Chanute, KS), 14. Brian Worley (St. Mary, Mo), 15. David Davis (Walnut Ridge, Ar), 16. Steve Beach (Eldon, MO), 17. Rodger Detherage (Calhoun, MO), 18. James McMillin (Warrensburg, Mo), 19. Kevin York (El Dorado Springs, MO).
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